Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has apologised for his hate speech in Malaysia on Monday. Naik had made racially-insensitive remarks in his recent speech about Chinese and Indian populations living in Malaysia, where has received permanent residency.
Naik has apologised for his comments and that he is not a racist. His statement comes after he was grilled for the second time for ten hours at the Bukit Aman police headquarters. He was questioned under section 504 of the penal code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace after over 100 police reports were lodged against him.
He has even refused to return to India saying that he will not be accorded a fair trial under the BJP government. He also said that he is a victim of a vilification campaign by those supporting the Modi government.
In a massive setback to hate preacher Zakir Naik, the Malaysian government earlier on Monday discussed the deportation of Naik back to India in an official meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad, as per sources. Sources further report that six ministers have met with the Malaysian PM in a bid to allegedly stress the matter of Naik's immediate deportation.
On Sunday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad called out hate preacher Zakir Naik for propagating in racial politics. The Malaysian PM said that it was "quite clear" that the hate speaker wanted to participate in racial politics, and that as a permanent resident of the country he cannot participate in politics.
He said, "You can preach (religiously). But he wasn’t doing that. He was talking about Chinese going back to China and Indians going back to India. We are very careful about how we see things that are sensitive to the liberal community of this country. I have never said such things. But he did. That is politics. If he wants to talk about religion, go ahead. But say the right things about religion, not something cooked up."